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healthcare. >>> cancellations are piling up at the airports. there are 124 delays across the country. the faa and airlines say the delays are the result of budget cuts and furloughs forced by the federal sequester. yesterday more than 1,200 flights were delayed. about 10% of the faa's air traffic controller's work force were required to take an unpaid day off. joining me now, the president and chief executive of airlines for america. thank you for your time. >> thank you for having me. >> i've seen a couple of reports disputing whether these delays we saw yesterday were normal. some allegedly weather-related. as i understand it, you believe. >> not all of them are because of the sequester. we're keeping as close track as we can based on the information from the faa. which are sequester-related and which are not. the point is these delays are increasing today as we speak and we think will continue based upon the fax's forecast to snow ball as time goes on. >> can you give me a percentage, at least today, for example? i said there are about 1,200 flights delayed. do we know what percentage you believe were canc
closures and it is really at the mercy of the faa. >> some of the airlines have started to react. delta has said it is disappointed and warned travellers to expect delays in major cities that we've already outlined. what are the other things we're hearing from the airlines? >> basically the airlines are saying the faa has other options. they can cut their budget in other places. the fax says no. this is how we have to go ahead and do it. the airlines have taken the fax to court over this of they filed a lawsuit on friday. there is no hearing date set for that. everybody is watching closely to see if the courts change the decision. >> what do you know about this newark situation, the flights having to return as a result of the washington controllers being, quote, overwhelmed? >> you have a regional air traffic facility that handle flights going from new york to let's say, florida. a lot of the flights heading over the washington air space were overwhelming the number of reduced workers there. they said we're sorry. you have to turn around and come back. >> what's next? >> next we'll watch wh
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